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marke
07-03-2006, 11:57 AM
Hi all,

I'm doing some research for a short piece in PC World on webhosting. I'm interested to hear from those of you who are hosting websites what webhosting providers you use, and how good you find their services.

I'd be keen to hear how you rate them in terms of

- Price
- Speed
- Reliablity/Support
- Functionality (what you can do with the hosting, space provided etc)

If you'd like to give me some feedback, feel free to post a response to this post, listing:

Hosting Provider
Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):
And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.

Thanks all, and I look forward to reading the responses!

Mark

stu161204
07-03-2006, 12:01 PM
Is This NZ Web Host Companyís? Or any Web Host Company?

Greg
07-03-2006, 12:15 PM
I'm doing some research for a short piece in PC World on webhosting.Is this guy legit? Why would anyone want to impart potentialy business sensitive information to him anyway?

And why would anyone want their competitors to become more aware of what they're doing?

Go back to school marke and learn some basic survey skills.

Mike
07-03-2006, 12:26 PM
Openhost (http://www.openhost.co.nz/)
Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them. My family's webspace.

Openhost offers a range of different packages (diskspace, bandwidth, servers, windows/unix, etc.) for a range of prices... NZ company with NZ based servers. They answer emails/support questions/whatever promptly, and clearly, every time. And I recommend them to everyone regularly :)

Mike.

stu161204
07-03-2006, 12:52 PM
Is this guy legit?

Yep, marke is legit, take a look at this thread: http://pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=63983 marke was the one who set-up the original PressF1(s)

pctek
07-03-2006, 12:57 PM
Hosting Provider
Kiwi Hosting

Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 3 (Don't know who you are comparing with)
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5
And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.

www.mcs.geek.nz

One of the main reasons for choosing them was because they are local. Both servers and admin.

superuser
07-03-2006, 01:12 PM
Hosting Provider
www.webbase.co.nz (http://www.webbase.co.nz)

Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5
And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.

www.nzperformance.co.nz

Have been with Webbase for 2 years hosting numerous sites, they have always been fast, reliable and friendly.

netchicken
07-03-2006, 01:21 PM
Hosting Provider My Host http://www.myhost.co.nz

Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5 (for NZ based hosts, far cheaper ones overseas if you want to host there, but I wanted a local provider, I suspect bandwidth and other costs are cheaper overseas )

Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5 (I have had no issues with speed, or uptime, it runs and runs well)

Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5

Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5 (great helpdesk, uses CP Panel with heaps of addon programs with one click install, and good stats packages, excellent help within a few hours, there is a real 'personal' aspect to their service that prevents me from going overseas.)

And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them. stuffucanuse.com

The only reason I can imagine leaving them is if my site outgrows their packages offered. I have been offered cheaper hosting but money alone doesn't suffice to move when you need help and service. I have used them for other websites I have set up for people as well. They are great for new sites.

Mary
07-03-2006, 02:20 PM
If you are worried about a competitor or such seeing your post, then just don't post or PM Mark direct. And yes I can vouch for Mark's identity also...

andrew93
07-03-2006, 02:35 PM
Pixel Power (http://www.pixelpower.net.nz/) formerly known as Chameleon.

Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best):5

Awesome behind the scenes functionality with 1 on 1 support on the few occasions when required. The equipment is physically housed inside the server room of one of the major ISP's. A one stop shop with great advice and service with zero downtime.

marke
07-03-2006, 02:53 PM
Is this guy legit? Why would anyone want to impart potentialy business sensitive information to him anyway?

And why would anyone want their competitors to become more aware of what they're doing?

Go back to school marke and learn some basic survey skills.

Sorry - didn't mean to alarm anyone. The "oldies" know me .... but it has been a while since I was particularly active in here.

Yes - I was one of the team at IDG ... I'm now a freelancer of sorts, and write articles periodically for PC World, Computerworld etc. We're doing a short piece on webhosting in May (I think) and I wanted to get a quick sense of what services people are using, and how happy (or otherwise) they are with them. When we publish the article, I'll link to this thread, so that people can read the opinions.

So it wasn't a formal survey .. although we've done loads of those in the past! ;-)

And if it's commercially sensitive ... then don't respond. I'm only wanting feedback from people who are happy to provide it .. that's kind of the way this forum works mostly.

Point taken though - I should have introduced myself more carefully! ;-)

Cheers all,

Mark

P.S Hi to the oldies!

marke
07-03-2006, 02:56 PM
Is This NZ Web Host Companyís? Or any Web Host Company?

Any actually Stu - I'm actually quite interested to compare onshore V offshore hosting services. Since there are SO MANY US-based ones!

I'm intending on comparing a couple of local ones, and a couple of O/S ones .. to get some kind of rudimentary comparison for pricing, performance, functionality etc. I have already signed up with one overseas one .. and will try another. And a couple of the local boys have also kindly come to the party with demo accounts.

Cheers

Mark

stu161204
07-03-2006, 03:01 PM
I'm doing some research for a short piece in PC World on webhosting.
Could you let me know what edition of the PC World mag this will be in? (as I will be interested in reading it & I donít buy the pcword mag all the time)

Since I donít know if marke just wants just NZ Web Host Companyís? Or any Web Host Company? I will post a wee bit about the only NZ Hosting Provider that I have used with my bossÖ.

Hosting Provider WebDrive - http://www.webdrive.co.nz

And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.

My Bosses website & client websites

I wound answer the rest of the questions but since I am not the one paying the bill I wont :)

I Guess I canít say any thing about Orcon's Fee web hosting space? Or can I?

Rob99
07-03-2006, 03:40 PM
Hosting Provider
www.webbase.co.nz (http://www.webbase.co.nz)

Price Rating = 5
Speed Rating = 5
Reliability Rating = 5
Functionality Rating = 5

Sites you host with them.

www.writeability.co.nz
www.dentman.co.nz
www.dieselimports.co.nz
http://bougainville.silvertech.co.nz
.....

Have had dealings with a few other companies, not only is www.webbase.co.nz the easiest to use, they offer all the extras you would expect from a professional web-hosting comapny, fast NZ servers, I cant speak highly enough of them :thumbs: 100%

marke
07-03-2006, 04:21 PM
Could you let me know what edition of the PC World mag this will be in? (as I will be interested in reading it & I donít buy the pcword mag all the time)

Since I donít know if marke just wants just NZ Web Host Companyís? Or any Web Host Company? I will post a wee bit about the only NZ Hosting Provider that I have used with my bossÖ.

Hosting Provider WebDrive - http://www.webdrive.co.nz

And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.

My Bosses website & client websites

I wound answer the rest of the questions but since I am not the one paying the bill I wont :)

I Guess I canít say any thing about Orcon's Fee web hosting space? Or can I?

I believe it's the May issue - but I'm not 100%. And it's only going to be a fairly small piece ... a 1 page sidebar to another article I believe.

Cheers

Mark

robsonde
07-03-2006, 05:20 PM
I host my own.......

speed sucks
i get every function i want including root access :-)
support is a bit slack
price is free which is good.

over all i think it rocks :-)

hosting on an old AMD K6II, openBSD, IHUG ADSL.
soon to be going to sun hardware and solaris.

Faded_Mantis
07-03-2006, 05:56 PM
http://www.gamewarrior.net/
Price Rating = 4 (price includes domain name)
Speed Rating = 4
Reliability Rating = 5
Functionality Rating = 3
What I host: A gaming orientated website (forums and information about shelf sold games)

(Don't know what I'm comparing it to)

Game Warrior used to be free, but due to people abusing it by makign free accounts that did things to overload the servers they had to start charging, however they have a HUGE range of hosting options, from 100mb storage 500mb monthly bandwidth on the UltraLite plan, up to 10000mb storage and 50000mb monthly bandwidth for the Gold Reseller plan.

John W
07-03-2006, 06:52 PM
- Price - 5
- Speed - 5
- Reliablity/Support - 5
- Functionality (what you can do with the hosting, space provided etc) 4

If you'd like to give me some feedback, feel free to post a response to this post, listing:


Great Online Chat support, dosent mind a newbie learning scripting through trial & error. I use DiscountDomains for family website.

Dannz
07-03-2006, 08:17 PM
Hosting Provider: Webdrive (www.webdrive.co.nz)
Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 4
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): 4

And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them.
www.imagef1.net.nz
www.meeckaltribute.co.nz

Great service, very prompt during working hours -- i usually get email responses within half an hour. Out of working ours usually 2 hours max.
Also phone support is great.

pctek
07-03-2006, 08:19 PM
This isn't going to work then - everyone loves their own hosting crowd...

Mickey
07-03-2006, 09:17 PM
Like an earlier poster, I used to host my own site too, but 128k upload (which means 128k download for users) didn't cut the mustard.

Now I am with http://www.rimuhosting.com

Ratings
- Price 5
- Speed 5
- Reliablity/Support 5
- Functionality (what you can do with the hosting, space provided etc) 5

They give you a virtual server - can host whatever you like with them in your 4Gb of space. And although they are a NZ company, the server is in Texas and very fast. You can totally custom manage DNS, websites, scripting, databases, email, ssh, root access; actually anything you can think of. I've used many web hosts before, wish I'd found these guys sooner!

braindead
08-03-2006, 12:03 AM
MyHost - A1 service, a truckload of extensibility with plugins etc, extremely good pricing. Hard to find webhost this good.

Oldferix
08-03-2006, 07:34 PM
Hosting Provider - Orcon
Price Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): -5
Speed Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): -5
Reliability Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): -5
Functionality Rating (1 to 5 with 5=Best): -4
And if you are so inclined - what site(s) you host with them. -www.bowlsheretaunga.orcon.net.nz

bartsdadhomer
08-03-2006, 08:06 PM
This isn't going to work then - everyone loves their own hosting crowd...
Ummm... isn't that the whole point of "research" which is what marke is doing?
For me, kiwiweb and gogo

Neongreen
08-03-2006, 08:24 PM
Only one I've used so far in NZ is Openhost, using them to run a gameserver. Haven't set it up yet, will get back to you on that.

If you don't mind latency, there's a good idea to go overseas. For example - my hosting account has 100GB of data transfer in the 'states, and I'm getting that for NZ15$ a month.

Sure, they're probably overselling slightly, but heck :) I can use 100GB, and the email support is quick and good.

rogerp
11-03-2006, 10:00 PM
I've used a range of different webhosts for my clients websites since 2000, including some of the ones others have listed here. The one I have found to be the best for my clients needs, has been Super Host at www.superhost.co.nz. I have been using them now for a couple of years, and would rate them with all 5 out of 5's. The two things I look for when shoosing a webhost for my clients websites is server reliability and hosting on NZ based servers. I also host some of my clients sites with Orcon, which is also good, but doesn't have the same features and control panel as Super Host.

superuser
12-03-2006, 04:28 PM
Kinda hard to believe the people that have 1 post and dont actually list any sites they host. :rolleyes:

stu161204
12-03-2006, 04:37 PM
Kinda hard to believe the people that have 1 post and dont actually list any sites they host. :rolleyes:

That would be count as Spam ;)

vientorio
16-03-2006, 09:43 AM
Kiwiwebhost (http://www.kiwiwebhost.co.nz)

Great service, excellent control panel.

Hosting Provider
Price Rating :5
Speed Rating :5
Reliability Rating :4
Functionality Rating 4


Vientorio

possent
16-03-2006, 11:09 PM
Hosting Provider: http://www.startlogic.com/
Price Rating :5
Speed Rating :5
Reliability Rating :5
Functionality Rating 5
Support: 2

This is a US based webhoster and I have a 5Gb websize plan with them, and 100Gb traffic. In 2 years I have had no outages and 100% uptime (to my knowledge). Great for large sites. However you need to be independant and know what you are doing as online support is bad. To host this in NZ was $$$$ beyond belief.

Coaster
17-03-2006, 12:59 AM
Hosting Provider
http://www.webbase.co.nz

Price Rating = 5
Speed Rating = 5
Reliability Rating = 5
Functionality Rating = 5

Have been with Webbase (http://www.webbase.co.nz/) for a few years, wish I could give a score higher than 5. :thumbs: